Russia aiming for first gold in men's relay

16 February 2014 08:00
Relay victory in Lillehammer World Cup - RUS
Relay victory in Lillehammer World Cup - RUS -

KRASNAYA POLYANA - Russia is looking for its first Olympic medal in the men's relay, which will be held at the Laura Cross Country Ski stadium on Sunday 16 February.

  • Russia's best finish in the men's relay is a fifth place in 1994 and 1998.
  • The Soviet Union won a silver at Calgary 1988, while its last gold medal came in 1980.
  • Norway and Finland are looking to equal Sweden on a record five gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games in this event. Norway's last gold in this event came at Salt Lake City 2002.
  • Norway and Finland both have a record 13 medals in the men's relay.
  • Finland has finished outside the medals in the last three Olympic Winter Games, since a bronze medal in Nagano 1998.
  • Vancouver gold medal winner Sweden has three skiers who can repeat their gold medal and equal the record of two gold medals held by six skiers (three from Norway and three from Sweden) in this event. The three active Swedes are Marcus HELLNER (SWE), Johan OLSSON (SWE) and Daniel RICHARDSSON (SWE).
  • The only time Sweden won this event in back-to-back Winter Games was in 1984 and 1988.